Category Archives: Fun

Authority that Increases the Authority of Others

When evaluating a school, getting there before school starts can be very useful. You get to see the bearing of the teachers as they arrive. You can read their emotional tone as they greet people. You can assess the enthusiasm … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Authority, Challenge, Character, Charter Schools, Children, Constructivist Education, Creativity, Decision Making, Discipline, Disobedience, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Fun, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, High School Acceptance, Inspiration, Joy, Leadership, Learning community, Montessori Education, Parenting, perseverance, Play, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility, school culture, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Success, Teaching, teenager | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Address Behavior Problems with Accurate Feedback (and don’t stop)

Several days ago my three-year-old grandson launched into an ebullient riff that went something like: “I am grateful for this soup. I am grateful for the goats. I am grateful for Papa being here. I am grateful for planting the … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Brain Development, bribery, Challenge, Character, Children, Decision Making, Education, Fun, Genius, Imperfection, Mistakes, Parenting, Praise, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Self-esteem, Social Responsibility, Teaching, terrible two's | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Need to Contribute

To Contribute is a Basic Human Need Ever play give-and-take with babies? They pick a carrot off the tray of their highchair and hold it out to you. You take it, say “Thank you,” and give it back to them, … Continue reading

Posted in Altruism, Children, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Fun, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, Joy, Learning community, Learning Disabilities, Parenting, Play, Responsibility, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Success, Teaching, teenager, terrible two's, Thoughtfulness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

“Executive Function Disorder” exposes an Education Dysfunction Disorder.

Do you know anyone who suffers from any of the following symptoms? 1. Motivated by immediate needs 2. Consequences for negative behavior don’t alter future actions 3. Inability to reflect on past experience to plan for the future 4. Difficulty … Continue reading

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Education is Leadership 2

Joan Fitzpatrick’s room was a beehive of active learning all day long. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that each child was being optimally challenged. Joan taught a mixed group of 18 first and second graders on her own. … Continue reading

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